This week I made the girls some little pom pom and pipe cleaner dolls. They were a hit! You could turn them into fairies with the addition of a pair of paper or felt wings glued to the back but I thought they were cute enough as plain dolls and left them as is. The girls quickly named them Fireball, Sunshine and Lily, can you guess which is which?
* Disclosure: I was provided with a gift card to use at Spotlight in exchange for writing this post but all thoughts, opinions and ideas are my own.
I live local to a Spotlight store so when I was offered the chance to select some crafty goodies and make anything I wanted for my blog I could hardly refuse. When I enter that shop I’m like a kid in a toy store – I want everything and spend way too long looking at stuff. So many items spark an idea and, being a hopeless craftaholic, I usually end up buying far more than I intended. Sound familiar?
On this occasion I was drawn to some cute little bags of mixed coloured yarn, there are eight colours in each pack. They are all in sample sizes which is perfect for crafting with because you often only need a small amount and a large ball of yarn takes up way more space in the already-crammed craft basket. They’d be perfect for making friendship bracelets too. I also selected some round wooden beads and pipe cleaners and set off to create our dolls.
To create the body of the doll I have added from the kitchen cupboard some pasta coated with nail polish to give it a bit of durability and colour. Don’t use paint instead of nail polish because it ends up drying out and crumbling within a short time (been there, tried that). You could also use an oval shaped bead in place of the pasta if you don’t want to go to the bother of making these before hand.
You will need
• Yarn in assorted colours
• Pipe cleaners (chenille sticks) – one and a half per doll
• A round wooden bead in natural colour for the face of each doll – mine is 16mm
• A smaller round wooden bead for pushing up under the skirt – 10mm
• Permanent markers for the face
• Pasta painted with nail polish before hand – I cant remember the actual name of the type of pasta that I used since the packet was discarded a while ago but choose something that looks like a short tube with flat ends
• Sharp scissors and a fork for creating the pom pom
Use a fork like in the picture below to create the pom pom for the hair. Once you’ve wrapped the yarn around your fork lots of times slip it off the end, tie it tightly with another separate strand of the same coloured yarn and trim the looped ends with sharp scissors. You will probably need to give the pom pom a bit of a trim to tidy it up but this can wait until you’ve threaded it through the bead.
Tie the pom pom to a chenille stick folded in half tightly and then pull it through the larger bead. You now have hair!
Now is the time to give it a trim.
Wrap your half-sized pipe cleaner around the neck tightly to make the arms, and push the piece of pasta up under that for the body.
To make the skirt I used three fingers to wrap the yarn around before sliding it off, threading the looped section over another strand of yarn, and tying the looped yarn around the pipe cleaner where the skirt should go.
Once you have tied it on then cut the loops and trim it a little to tidy up and shove the smaller bead up underneath the skirt to keep it in place.
Next draw your face on with permanent maker.
To make the little feet bend the ends of the pipe cleaner back over itself and into a foot shape. Unbend and wrap the toe of the foot with yarn and then fold back and wrap the whole foot and ankle with yarn, tying tightly at the end with a double knot.
And that, folks, is all there is to it.
But of course your little pom pom and pipe cleaner doll will be needing some friends…
Aren’t they sweet?
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• Have some rock cakes with that for dessert
• Make a whirlygig with our printable patterns
• Make some masks for your little super-heros with our free printable template
• Make some adorable dinosaurs from toilet rolls
• Use our free printable to create these paper pterodactyl puppets
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